I Love To Talk

I love to talk. It is something I do whenever given the chance. My mom jokes I came out babbling and never quite stopped. That said, even I know how to zip it when someone is giving a speech or presentation. As I’ve watch the political conventions it has bugged me to no end how much chattering is going on as people attempt to speak and convey heartfelt messages. Good grief. It’s just so rude. Perhaps these folks have never had to deliver a speech in front of a large group. I’ve done my fair share of speaking engagements and know first hand how distracting even an errant cell phone ringing can be. I’m not sure how I would feel to be speaking to a room of inattentive chatter bugs. I’m sure part of me would be tempted to just stop, say never mind and invite the crowd to continue talking about their crucial matters without concern of my interrupting them.  Of course, there is another part of me who would probably get a kick out of inserting ridiculous statements to see how long it took for people to catch on.  Things like “growing up with Elvis as a father” or “I’m reminded of an experience I had 3 lifetimes ago while a deckhand on Columbus’ ship” come to mind as potential insertions.

4 Responses to “I Love To Talk”

  1. Jen says:

    I totally agree!! I’m also a bit disgusted by the protesters during the speech. It’s embarrassing.

  2. Tricia says:

    And not only do speakers have to deal with the verbal chatter, now we also have to compete with the chatter of text messaging. Is anyone paying attention?

  3. lisa says:

    True! I saw a few texters in that crowd as well. I don’t see how you solve that one. If people feel it is no problem to text while driving, they’ll hardly see the issue with doing so during a speech.

  4. mandi says:

    Lisa, let me know when and where your next speaking engagment is. I am curious to see how long it takes you to get a reaction as well. I wonder how college kids and high school kids get anything from class anymore with the cell phones these days.